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Old 03-28-2011, 03:44 PM   #256
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Fir Mountain (up above Red Menace) to Husky etc. Will drop you above mosier. Easy dirt ride with views.
Can I pull the trailer with bikes from White Salmon to your place, to accomplish the towing-camping-test-flight aspect of this trip. And we'll just ride from there.
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Old 03-28-2011, 03:50 PM   #257
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No, anything like Post Canyon is out of the question for my wife. We're looking for easy off-pavement riding, not "off-road" or single track. Suggestions? We don't need to travel far as part of this is a test flight of trailering bikes.

Thanks for the test-ride offer, Craig. And, yeah, if you guys are open those days end of Apr then come on out! In any case, yeah, the 4 of us should ride together some time. We live in Portland but have a weekend place in White Salmon.

Where we camped and rode might work for you, South of Prineville on the Crooked River. We camped at chimney rock park. The ride down to Roberts boat landing was about 50 miles round trip, the 27 road is the only gravel state hwy and is close to 50 miles long. The route we did around the Maurys Mtns was pretty near 150 miles.
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Old 03-28-2011, 03:54 PM   #258
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Can I pull the trailer with bikes from White Salmon to your place, to accomplish the towing-camping-test-flight aspect of this trip. And we'll just ride from there.
We are right at the corner of Tucker Rd. & Portland Dr. (McCurdy Farms) Half mile south of the airport. You can park in our loading area by the fruit stand anytime!
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Old 03-28-2011, 04:20 PM   #259
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Sure you can or I see at Craigs as well. We are within 2 minutes of each other.


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Old 03-28-2011, 07:20 PM   #260
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Come rain, snow or shine I'm riding 3 solid days the second weekend in April. Wife is heading out of town . Any good recommendations going East? Perhaps Condon via Grass Valley and Dufer? Less pavement the better.
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Old 03-28-2011, 08:12 PM   #261
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Come rain, snow or shine I'm riding 3 solid days the second weekend in April. Wife is heading out of town . Any good recommendations going East? Perhaps Condon via Grass Valley and Dufer? Less pavement the better.
Take a look at one of the last posts we made on "Rides out the backdoor" we did a loop in Sherman Co. and Wasco. Applejam has also put a lot of miles in around Waco Co. Lots of roads though wheat fields and wind farms!
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Old 03-29-2011, 06:57 AM   #262
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Where we camped and rode might work for you, South of Prineville on the Crooked River. We camped at chimney rock park. The ride down to Roberts boat landing was about 50 miles round trip, the 27 road is the only gravel state hwy and is close to 50 miles long. The route we did around the Maurys Mtns was pretty near 150 miles.
We had pretty good luck with the roads there, indeed.
But to say these were gravel roads does not do them justice.
Most were great DIRT roads, clean and smooth, fast and hard.

They were very easy to ride, except for that one slimy-topped section, and it was still fun.
I have to assume they'd be muddy when wet, and dusty when dry, but they were pretty danged good to us !!

And the camping was good, too, at Chimney Rock CampGround, site #1.
There was also a "Chimney Rock Recreation Area", near the entrance to the wild river area park.
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So the wife and I have Apr 23-26 (Sat-Tues) blocked out for hopefully a bit of riding.

...... I'm looking for some recommendations on where we should go to camp and to ride. We'd be sleeping in our van, so a real campground isn't absolutely necessary.

.......Any experience and wisdom on elevations and snow level that time of year? Edit: We don't want to drive more than, say, 3 hours from Hood River. What about around Fossil?
It's so hard to say what we'll get in HR area a month from now, Matloik.
Tradition and experience don't mean much here, snow levels seem to vary a lot year to year.
We never seem to know how much snow will be left in the hills each Spring.

But JUST East of here is clear now, and will likely stay clear, from The Dalles, East.

There is some good gravel around Fossil; Twickenham Rd, from Fossil to Twickenham, then to Mitchell.
South of Twickenham, for sure, is a GREAT, VERY well graded gravel Rd.
I came from the East into Twickenham, which was good gravel for quite a ways through to Cherry Creek Ranch along the John Day River.
Awesome views of the John Day River, here.

All along Tygh Ridge, and Center Creek Rd, East of Dufer, is great, easy gravel for lots of miles, too.
Ranch land and old buildings, but not much else, it was many miles of easy gravel.
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Come rain, snow or shine I'm riding 3 solid days the second weekend in April. Wife is heading out of town . Any good recommendations going East? Perhaps Condon via Grass Valley and Dufer? Less pavement the better.
Now in two weeks, dvwalker? Expect snow in the hills around the HR Valleys, but your end near 7 Mile Hill just might just be free of snow all the way through to Ketchum Rd.

You'll have a dirty bike group, you can likely handle whatever you'll find, and turn around if you don't like what you find.
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We are right at the corner of Tucker Rd. & Portland Dr. (McCurdy Farms) Half mile south of the airport. You can park in our loading area by the fruit stand anytime!
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Sure you can or I see at Craigs as well. We are within 2 minutes of each other.
I guess the sarcasm didn't come through on my part. Even though we don't want to drive too far, not more than 3 hrs, say, White Salmon to Tucker Rd wouldn't quite justify trailering the bikes. Cheers.
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Old 03-29-2011, 09:35 AM   #266
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I guess the sarcasm didn't come through on my part. Even though we don't want to drive too far, not more than 3 hrs, say, White Salmon to Tucker Rd wouldn't quite justify trailering the bikes. Cheers.
Oh, Trying to get away from us already! I just thought you both might be looking for a place to park in HR so you did not have to deal with riding over the HR bridge to ride on Oregon side!
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That's a nice big flat trailer. You get a ramp with it, too?

You could fit, like 4 Quads or 2 Harleys on that, at least
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That's a nice big flat trailer. You get a ramp with it, too?

You could fit, like 4 Quads or 2 Harleys on that, at least
I don't see any wheel chocks on that trailer, that might help!?
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:33 PM   #269
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That's a nice big flat trailer. You get a ramp with it, too?

You could fit, like 4 Quads or 2 Harleys on that, at least
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I don't see any wheel chocks on that trailer, that might help!?
The trailer is 5x10. Maybe it looks bigger in the picture. No wheel chocks necessary as front wheels are strapped in place to the front rail and out to the side, preventing side-to-side movement. I have an alu ramp. A 2x12 also slides into pockets on the rear as a tail gate. I put in SS eye bolts up front, and there are welded on hooks on the sides, for moto tie down. Any more questions ... you in the back.
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That ride over by john day looks like a winner this time of year

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Take a look at one of the last posts we made on "Rides out the backdoor" we did a loop in Sherman Co. and Wasco. Applejam has also put a lot of miles in around Waco Co. Lots of roads though wheat fields and wind farms!
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